Marine murdered in apparent carjacking attempt

May 26, 2011 2:40:45 PM PDT
The family of a young marine in Jersey City is mourning his loss, not in battle but at the hands of a carjacker.

Corporal Anthony Adams, 23, was killed in an attempted carjacking.

Adams, who served Iraq, was supposed to be re-deployed to Africa in a few weeks.

Clutching a picture of her son, Pattie Laboo fought back tears.

She says she isn't angry. She can't feel a thing. She is numb.

Her son wouldn't want her to be angry.

"He's not that type of person," she said.

Anthony went to boot camp right from high school, served a year in Iraq and was on leave before volunteering to be deployed to Africa.

He was the life of the party a friend to everyone.

That's how Corporal Adams lived his life. It ended with his car crashing into another car after he was shot.

The Hudson County prosecutor says shortly after midnight, someone tried to carjack him. We don't know why shots were fired, but they were and Corporal Adams was killed.

A camera right above where it happened has helped the prosecutor's office to identify the shooter as 20-year old Earl Austin.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Pattie always knew "that call" could come when he was away, a courageous marine fighting for this country, but she never expected this.

"He lived and died for the marines. He would tell me, 'I love my country. I love my family,'" she said.

Corporal Adam's sister is graduating from college. He was supposed to be there and at a celebratory barbeque weekend.

"I have close family, very close family... And I know I can rely on them for anything I need. That's my support system right there," Patti said.

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